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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Los Angeles City Council Agenda Item For 1/15 Includes Preparation of Lay Off Lists & Potential Financial Emergencies (Aka: City Hall Scare Tactics)

First of all you know Prop S (for "shady") really is shady, because Eric Garcetti is running around town trying to scare/threaten unions of lay-offs if they don't vote "yes" on Proposition "S" ("shady").

And now, for a hilarious comedy/propaganda scare tactic...here's something from the agenda for January 15, 2008 regarding the Katrina-like devastation the City of Los Angeles will be suffering if people do not dig deep into their pockets and vote "yes" on Prop S (for "shady"), the newly created cell phone and internet tax, that Antonio Villaraigosa is trying to mislead you into thinking is a tax reduction. Read the ballot language.

Does this look like it is a brand new tax that will be added to your bill; or something that you are currently being billed for that will go down if you vote yes?

"Proposition S updates, modernizes and reduces the current telephone tax in Los Angeles. " -Shady Ass Mayor and Clinton Campaign Co-Chair Antonio Villaraigosa (Hey Antonio...go canvas the City for absentee ballots. Make sure you don't fill them all out in the same handwriting.)

Meanwhile, here's some scare tactics coming to a council chamber near you. Make sure you show up at City Hall on Tuesday January 15th and sing a verse of "Prop S Punk" and tell those shady coffer drainers what you think about Proposition "S" (for "shady").

ITEM NO. (7)
BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORT relative to preparation of a fiscal contingency plan.
Recommendations for Council action, as initiated by Motion (Parks - Greuel - Garcetti):
1. INSTRUCT the City Administrative Officer (CAO) and the Chief Legislative Analyst (CLA) to:
a. Commence preparation of a fiscal contingency plan, as a potential response to drastic reductions in City revenues that could hit the City in the near future. The plan should be submitted for consideration in conjunction with the Mid-Year report to be released in early January 2008. The plan should include detailed recommendations for extraordinary budgetary controls to be implemented March 1, 2008, that will maintain key City services while balancing the City Budget and restoring the Reserve Fund to prudent levels.
b. Work together to develop, as part of the City’s Financial Policies, clear and concise re-opener language for all Memorandums of Understanding addressing potential economic downturn/financial uncertainties and/or declared financial emergencies.
2. INSTRUCT the Personnel Department to immediately commence preparation of potential lay off lists for implementation, as necessary.

(If The City of Los Angeles were a stock, looks like you should sell! And if you are thinking of investing in the City...looks like you should be thinking a lot more than twice. It's the Countrywide of U.S. Cities, y'all!)

SUMMARY: I hope George W. Bush is reading this. Los Angeles Mayor and Hillary Clinton Campaign Co-Chair Antonio Viagraosa has declared a financial emergency for the City of Los Angeles and Bush should be ready to help bail the City out and maybe have one of those Live Aid style Saturday International fund raisers where all those super-groups reunite for charity.

Or maybe Eli Broad can stop donating to museums 10 million dollars at a time and help out where it's needed.

How about having Antonio have The Bill Clinton Foundation kick in and help save Los Angeles. Now there is a worthy cause! Remember VillarClintons...you can't take over the budget of a school system, if there is no City?

Maybe if Antonio wasn't always flying to Asia, or New Hampshire, or Iowa, or Florida, or trying to take over the state school districts, or always running from photo op to photo op -- we wouldn't be in this mess.

But the real problem is that his whole administration has been one big con job. Why should he start being ethical now? (Someone from the mayor's team assured me last year that AB 1381 was fully constitutional and would be upheld by judges...it wasn't and it wasn't.)

Zuma's Prop "S" (for "shady") Mayor Sam Thread f/Walter Moore
Zuma Dogg - "Prop S Punk" Music Video

SUNDAY UPDATE: Daily News piece on Prop S (for "SUCKERS")

Disclosure: LACITY (short)

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Anonymous Anonymous said:


Someone on the LA Times about Hillary & Villa

"Thanks Hillary and Antonio! Thanks for all you do: Illegal aliens cost LA County greater than one billion dollars per year in taxpayer costs, not counting education. Breakdown: $444 million for welfare and food stamps $400 million for health care $220 million for correctional services, law enforcement and other public safety costs Illegal aliens and their families in LA County collected over $37 million in welfare and food stamp allocations in November 2007, which is up $3 million dollars from September. Children of illegal aliens receive 25% of welfare and food stamp money
Submitted by: zeezil
12:08 PM PST, Jan 12, 2008 '

Now will someone tell me why we should contribute to the fiscal emergency Villa made....get it from the illegals.!

January 12, 2008 4:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The mexican illegal aliens make up about 25% of jail inmates in Los Angeles county jails. Why are we paying for all these criminals who cross the border.


We need LAPD to repeal sp40 and deport all the mexican gang bangers which they see on the street.

The schools in Los Angeles are some of the worst and costly schools because of mexican illegal aliens.

It is time to deport millions of mexicans which bankrupt California and increase crime.

Just drive around Esat Los Angeles or downtown Los Angeles and see how it looks like a dirty Tijuana, Mexico. We do need to waste our tax dollars on illegal mexicans.

January 12, 2008 5:40 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

No offense 5:40 pm...I feel your pain, and agree completely about how Villar has let the City of LA slip into a crisis with all this illegal vending and all the stuff you complain about...but common people...do you really think you are ever going to turn on the 6 o'clock news and see millions of illegals being sent on buses and shipped out of the country? Maybe so...but while you are all waiting for that...how can we deal with the situation at hand, as is. (Oh no...Zuma Dogg turned into a Republican this weekend, it seems. I would have considered myself a democrat, conceptually, before I started following LA City Hall.)


January 12, 2008 5:50 PM  

Blogger Jim said:

Maybe we can see the 6 o'clock news and see millions of illegals being sent on buses and shipped out of the country?

What if we trick em?
What if we send out 40 million Carnival Cruise Line tickets to these illegals, once on board the real destination would be revealed..... Tahiti???!!!
You see this way Tahiti would have the problem and we could just say FOGET ABOT IT!

January 12, 2008 6:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


We don't need buses to deport millions of mexicans we just need to enforce existing laws. If we fined employers who hired illegal aliens this would be step number one.

The federal government needs to have more INS/ICE agents working at all county jails and deport any illegal alien picked up for even minor offenses. This would also result in the deportation of many illegal mexican gang members picked up for violating gang injunctions or juveniles for curfew violations.

INS/ICE needs more agents to enforce existing deportation orders, remember Elvira Arellano who was seeking refuge in a church and got deported. INS/ICE needs to raid companies hiring large numbers of illegal aliens.

I know many families here illegally whose kids are juvenile delinquents costing our government extra dollars. I work with problem kids and about 50% are illegal aliens.

The problem of illegal mexicans in this country is not just the democrats fault, Bush has pandered to corporations which want cheap labor.

The working man is paying the price of illegal aliens by paying for jails and schools for illegal aliens. And illegal aliens are not just working in the agricultural fields. Illegal immigrants are working in the construction and factories.

Our government could easily get rid of millions of illegal aliens with a small effort, but the reality is that our government is “pandering” to corporations which want cheap labor. So it is not just the Mayor’s fault, but the mayor sure as hell isn’t helping, with his “aqui estamos y no los vamos” bullshit.

January 12, 2008 6:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe we can see the 6 o'clock news and see millions of illegals being sent on buses and shipped out of the country?

What if we trick em?
What if we send out 40 million Carnival Cruise Line tickets to these illegals, once on board the real destination would be revealed..... Tahiti???!!!
You see this way Tahiti would have the problem and we could just say FOGET ABOT IT!

January 12, 2008 9:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

On a serious note, 2008 marks the year the FDA is likely to issue U.S. food producers an approval to begin selling meat and dairy from cloned animals and their offspring. For the past five years, the FDA has maintained a voluntary moratorium on cloning livestock for the U.S. food supply. The ban gave the agency's researchers time to conduct tests and gather safety data on the effects of consuming meat and dairy produced by cloned animals or their progeny. In December of 2006, FDA released a draft of its animal clone safety assessment, concluding that "meat and milk from clones of adult cattle, pigs, goats and their offspring are as safe to eat as food from conventionally bred animals" and no glowing in the dark complaints were filed. FDA's assessment has been peer-reviewed by a number of independent cloning and animal health experts, who agree that livestock cloning is not only safe, but "poses no unique risks to animal health when compared to other assistive reproductive technologies currently in use in U.S. agriculture. THANK YOU BUT NO THANKS, I WILL BE HEADING TO THE ADVENTIST BOOK CENTER ON CHEVY CHASE, IN GLENDALE, RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE BEAUTIFULLY EXPANDED GLENDALE ADVENTIST MEDICAL CENTER, MUCH MORE FREQUENTLY TO BUY MY VEGETARIAN GROCERIES. As early as last Tuesday, the FDA was likely to have issued U.S. food producers the approval.

January 12, 2008 9:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Daily News

S is for Suckers
Article Last Updated: 01/12/2008 10:01:22 PM PST

BEFORE casting ballots Feb. 5, there's something Los Angeles city residents need to know about Measure S - it is in no way, shape or form a tax cut.

Oh sure, that's how city officials are trying to portray it. They say that because the new phone tax included in Measure S is only 9 percent - and the old one was 10 percent - it would amount to a 10 percent reduction.

But that's a an outright lie.

Here's what L.A. voters need to know about the phone tax: The current, 10 percent tax is illegal. It's widely expected that the courts will strike it from the books, soon. That's why city leaders are in such a hurry to pass a replacement tax that they even declared a bogus fiscal "emergency" to get it on the ballot early.

So if voters pass Measure S, they won't be cutting the phone tax. They'll be hiking it from 0 percent - which is what it will be when the courts are through with it - to 9 percent.

But it gets worse.

While the outgoing 10 percent tax applies only to phone lines, Measure S applies to every telephonic device - present and future - under the sun. The tax rate may be lower than the old tax, but the applications are infinitely greater.

So if Measure S becomes law, the city could start collecting taxes on Voice Over Internet Protocol. Or text-messaging. Or any number of applications that haven't even been invented yet.

As the number of communications devices - and the use of existing one - proliferates, the costs would grow higher and higher.

Conceivably, Measure S could cost Angelenos billions. It could also inhibit business and technological development in the city.

We have no hard numbers for how much Measure S would really cost because city officials offer no real estimates. They just knock 10percent off of current phone-tax revenues, and come up with $243million - conveniently ignoring the extra applications that they inserted into the measure, and which they boast about during their unguarded moments.

Meanwhile, city officials warn that if Measure S fails, they may have to scale back the massive pay raises they gave to city bureaucrats last year or slash city services to the public.

Predictably, city unions are pouring a fortune into the Yes on S campaign to preserve the huge pay increases they were given recently right in the face of the looming crisis.

Given the political history of Los Angeles, such as it is, there is no real danger that public-employee unions or any of the other special interests that live off City Hall are at risk. It's always the public that pays more and gets less.

Taxes on telephone services are common all over the country. But if L.A. is going to get a new phone tax, it ought to be an honest one, with the price tag disclosed up front along with clear, specific language on what is taxed and what isn't.

And what the public benefits from ought to be just as clear.

Measure S is a pricey deception that would cost everyone, but benefit only a select few. Let's vote it down.

January 12, 2008 11:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter Moore sent me this email:

What a crock of you-know-what the contingency plan is!

How about this for a plan:
1. Cut Mayor's $200,000 per year travel budget to zero.
2. Eliminate all subsidies and special tax breaks given to Eli Broad, AEG, Grand Avenue, L.A. Live, and all other developers.
3. Eliminate sphincter-control classes.
4. Eliminate $550,000 annual expenditure calligraphy department.

Let's see, Item No. 2 alone is over $600 million per year, and the cell phone and land line phone taxes generate $270 million per year, so I guess we can skip Items 1, 3 and 4 if we want and still come out ahead.

These people make the Enron executives look like Mother Theresa!

Oh, and did you notice the "news agency" exemption in the proposed ordinance? Turns out the L.A. Times, Hoy, and local news radio stations would pay ZERO TAX on cellular, internet and wireless services. That sounds "fair and equal," huh?

Walter Moore
Candidate For Mayor Of L.A.

P.S. I guess CRA didn't get the "emergency layoffs" memo because they're still trying to hire new employees.

January 12, 2008 11:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

THANKS TO EAST LOS ANGELES NEWSPAPER "THE VOICE" FOR THEIR FRONT PAGE STORY ON "NO on S" featuring Walter's article, as submitted by Big ZD (thanks for the mention! Community Activism at it's finest...The Voice, WM & ZD...STRENGTH IN DIVERSITY, Y'ALL!!!:

By Walter Moore (in The Voice)

Mayor Villaraigosa wants you to believe you need to pay higher taxes to solve a supposed "budget crisis." In fact, there is no "budget crisis." The City takes in more money than ever before. More than enough money to hire 1000 more police, even if voters refuse to
reinstate the illegal cell phone tax of 2003 that the Superior Court threw out in July 2005.

Let's do the math:
City Hall takes in $6.7 billion in revenues per year. That's more than $1.4 billion per year more than in 2004-05.

City Hall knows it's not a crisis, so Villaraigosa and the City Council try to fool you by referring only to the "general
fund" rather than the entire budget.

The general fund is just one of over 50 budget funds in the City budget.

Money in the general fund can be used for any lawful purpose. The other funds are so-called "special funds," which are ear-marked for particular purposes.

City Hall spends $3.7 billion per year through the general fund, and the remaining $3 billion in the budget through the special funds. Rather than seeking your approval to re-allocate money from the
special funds to hire police, the career politicians act as though it's beyond their control.

Let's assume for the sake of argument that they cannot spend the special funds to hire more police. Even if that were true, and even if the entire phone tax were repealed, there would still be more than enough money in the general fund to hire more police. Here's why:

The general fund takes in $477 million more per year than in 2004-05. Even if you subtracted $270 million in phone tax revenues,
the general fund would still take in $207 million more per year than in 2004-05.

As noted above, the salary of 1000 additional officers would total about $54 million per year. So even with the tax cut, and even after hiring 1000 additional officers,
the general fund would still have $153 million more per year than in 2004-05.

Bottom line: there is no "budget crisis."

We don't need higher taxes. We need
honest people in office, who won't waste your money, and won't try to mislead you.

As detailed on the "Spreadsheet of
Shame" page, moreover, City Hall is
squandering hundreds of millions of dollars of your tax money every year. There's more than enough money in the budget to pay for the new police officers we need.

Even if the entire phone tax suddenly disappeared -- rather than just the illegal cell phone tax hike of 2003 -- revenues
would decline by $270 million per year, less than 4% of the budget.

That means City Hall would still receive $1.17 billion per year more than in 2004-05.

The starting salary for an
LAPD officer is $54,475. At that
rate, City Hall could hire 1000
additional police officers for
approximately $54 million per

Hence, even if the entire phone
tax were thrown out, and even if
City Hall then hired an additional
1000 police officers, City Hall
would still have $1.1 billion per
year more to spend than it did in


from: The Voice

January 13, 2008 12:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Not just no...HELL NO!!!

January 13, 2008 12:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I've never seen so many e-mais being sent on NO ON MEASURE S before. They're coming from all over the city. I think people aren't as dumb as council and Villaraigosa think they are and just maybe this retarded, lying, deceitful Measure won't pass. They sure are already using scare tactics and the clowncil members are using their staff to do their dirty work at community meetings.

January 13, 2008 7:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If LA had any real credible media the people could learn the truth behind the scam of Prop S. Only the Daily News has the guts to print the truth. Forget and we should boycott the LA Slimes. Forget Chan 7 cause Antonio always gives them awards and they are so tainted. Forget Chn. 5 cause the huge woman Mickele is an Antonio groupie. Dave Bryant on 9 is good and Mark Coogan but their directors edit them a lot.
Very disappointed a once good community activist Jason Lyon has been brainwashed to the other side and is supporting prop S. He's lost a lot of friends and goes to show some people can be bought and dooesn't have a conscience. He's become a huge groupie with clowncil and many are shocked.

January 13, 2008 7:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is nothing new for Jason Lyon. It's just that a lot of new people are finding out now, and they think he has flipped, but again, nothing new here. But since he was kicked off Neighborhood Council, he can be more open about it since Council has his back.

January 13, 2008 8:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa was sworn in to office on July 1, 2005.

According to the Controller Laura Chick’s Preliminary Financial Report, Fiscal Year Ended, June 30, 2007 the City of Los Angeles Reserve Fund Balances from June 30, 1998 through 2007 is as noted:


It appears Villaraigosa has taken Angelenos back to 2002 when the reserve fund had a balance of $232,086,754. If anyone calls this progress, please let the readers know.

January 13, 2008 1:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Now only if we had a reporter that had the balls to report that Antonio has taken the city back to 2002 but don't hold your breath.

January 14, 2008 6:49 AM  

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